The Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing has presented a $1,000 scholarship to Itawamba Community College as a part of its program to initiate student scholarships in agency member nursing programs.
It is the goal of M-OADN and the ICC associate degree nursing program that the scholarship becomes endowed, according to Linda Suttle, MS, RN, M-OADN executive director. “Donations can be made to the ICC Foundation Inc. in honor or a memory of a nurse to help with this endowment goal. Recognition will be sent by the school’s foundation board and by M-OADN to each donor.” M-OADN believes that associate degree nursing offers an affordable opportunity for men and women to enter the nursing profession as a registered nurse,” Suttle said.
ADN programs ensure that opportunity in 16 associate degree nursing programs in Mississippi. In addition, Suttle said, M-OADN’s goal is to retain the registered nurse title and scope of practice for the associate degree nurse. Its members also support nurses who desire to transition from associate degree nursing to B.S. in nursing or master’s degree.
Associate degree nursing graduates from community and junior colleges have proven their ability to successfully pass the RN examination and perform safe, ethical nursing care, Suttle said.
The M-OADN board of directors includes from ICC, Lisa Lepard of Pontotoc, president; Robin Phillips of Baldwyn, secretary; and Larry Loden of Tupelo, education director.
Lepard, who is director of ICC’s associate degree nursing program, expressed appreciation to M-OADN. “We appreciate this great opportunity for future nursing students. I am looking forward to this new collaborative effort to assist nursing students for years to come.”
To contribute or for more information about the ICC nursing scholarship, call Will Bunch, director of institutional advancement, at 662-862-8059 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or Dick Lankford, coordinator of institutional advancement, at 662-862-8047 or e-mail rtlankford @iccms.edu.